Then, they put people on a low-fat diet, and they lost weight. Three-quarters of a cup of pecans added to their daily diet for eight weeks.
They looked at all the best studies published over the last 12 years, and what did they find? On Monday, I presented the pistachio principle, and the fecal excretion theory. On Wednesday, I explored the dietary compensation theory, and, by Thursday, we had figured it out.
They found two main things: “probable evidence for high intake of dietary fibre and nuts predicting less weight gain [over time], and for high intake of meat in predicting more weight gain.”The bottom line is that so far, every single study in which they added nuts to people’s diets without trying to restrict calories failed to show the expected weight gain—whether it was just less than predicted, no weight gain at all, or they even lost weight. Part of the trick seemed to be that nuts boosted fat burning within the body, but how?
Now, when they chemically analyzed the diets, it turns out that the nut group ended up getting an extra 100 calories a day—which makes it even more crazy that the nut group lost weight. Again, they tried to make all three diets the same number of calories. Have there been any studies published since that are missing from these reviews?
But, the nut groups ended up with more calories—yet ended up the same or lower weight. Well, these were all clinical trials, where people were put on added nuts for just a few weeks or months. Maybe, in the short run, nuts don’t lead to weight gain. Well, that’s been looked at six different ways, in studies lasting from one year to six years—the Harvard Nurses’ Health study. Yes, a whole bunch of them, and I’m going to just run through them quick.
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